Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre

Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre ★★★

Nathan Jasmine (Cary Elwes) is summoned by the British government. A top-secret item known only as "The Handle" has been stolen and is likely to be sold for billions on the black market. To stop this from happening, Nathan assembles his team: pro spy Orson Fortune (Jason Statham), computer whiz Sarah Fidel (Aubrey Plaza), and sharpshooter J.J. Davies (Bugzy Malone). They learn that they need to get close to billionaire arms dealer Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant), and the only way to do that is to show up, undercover, with Greg's favorite movie star, Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett), in tow. Things take an even darker turn when our heroes discover just what "The Handle" is and does

Thoroughly superficial, Guy Ritchie's globetrotting action adventure is nonetheless consistently swift and light, and the fun that the cast seems to be having onscreen is contagious. Certainly an argument could be made that Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre doesn't try very hard. Here's Statham once again stepping into a snarling tough guy role, and we find that we're never terribly worried about him; we know he'll get out of any scrape he's in. Actually, the stakes never really seem very high for anyone, but watching the characters navigate the zigzagging array of glamorous, exotic locations while wearing beautiful clothes and driving beautiful cars feels breezily exciting. Statham, Elwes, Plaza, Malone, Hartnett, and Grant have all created colorful characters who clearly enjoy one another's company but still relish exchanging cheeky quips It's their solid group chemistry that eventually gets Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre successfully over the finish line

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